Sheryl Saperia: The case for revoking citizenship

The people who commit these crimes are not victims. They have spoken through their actions about their level of commitment to the country. Removing their Canadian citizenship makes sense. The punishment fits the crime.

National Post | Full Comment

An op-ed recently appeared in the National Post criticizing Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. The legislation would revoke the Canadian citizenship of dual nationals convicted of treason or terrorism or who have engaged in armed conflict with Canada.

[np_storybar title=”Azeezah Kanji: Stripping convicted terrorists of their citizenship leaves all Canadians vulnerable” link=”http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/02/14/azzeza-kanji-stripping-convicted-terrorists-of-their-citizenship-leaves-all-canadian-vulnerable/”]Over the last century, Western societies have identified and demonized various “enemies within.” These subsets of people were singled out as posing a unique threat to the country, such that the state was supposedly justified in stripping them of their citizenship and casting them out. In pre-Second World War Germany, it was the Jews. In post-Second World War Canada, it was the Japanese. In Cold War-era America, it was the communists. Today, it is the terrorists.

History has harshly judged the perpetrators of citizenship-stripping. The United States Supreme Court declared citizenship revocation unconstitutional 50 years ago: “The…

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